note: This is Part Two of Design Outside the Lines blog post. Please read Part One here . thanks!
The Pinterest board was a valuable exercise in determining what I like, what I respond to viscerally, and what commonalities I might find in a collection of images. Here is the board again.
and here is my unedited response to the images:
taupe, browns, blues, greens, grays
loose and flowing, layers on top
drape as sophisticated touch
unfitted, but feminine and sensual
bling via small amount of metal or beading
vertical elements reminiscent of aspen groves, pilings near pier, branches in the mist, fences along open
ground, bridge spans in the distance
space around the vertical elements is sky, or ground, or weather, or mist
landscapes, skyscapes, oceanscapes (and later I wrote earth, water, sky)
big views and open and expansive. I want my body to be able to move in my clothing.
As I prepare to pack for the workshop, I keep the list above in my mind, and the following goals:
1. I will look for new combinations of shapes in Parisian fashion, Japanese patterns, and in daily examples.
2. Use TNT tee patterns and/or RTW tees to invent a new tee shape/pattern for myself and if time, a cardigan. I want the tee/cardi to float.
3. Work with two pieces already sewn, or patterns used, to meld a cohesive look. Use insetting and surface design techniques to give a playful or whimsical touch to a basic piece. Explore piecing different fabrics together.
4. Explore stamping, texture plates, and silk screening as ways to illustrate some of the aspects in my responses above. Make a sample book of techniques, and journal thoughts on this.
In summary, the process I followed was:
a)gather images which spoke to me, b)sort the images with emphasis only on like/don't like, c)study the images and respond without editing, and finally but most difficult d) translate your responses into details on a garment, or shapes of an outfit or techniques to illustrate some aspect which inspires you.
I will share some of my work from the workshop and hope that I come home on fire with ideas.